Until now, I admired the ironic intelligence of Godwin’s Law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. The problem though is that GL depends on, essentially, a rational starting place so that the “long discussion” can evolve into fascist insanity and name-calling. This man (Ahmadinejad) begins as Hitler. So where do we go when discussing him? Some other comparison or end point like Satan? (For some Hitler is worse than Satan.) What do you say to the that Mike Godwin? Any suggestions?
UPDATE: Reuters somehow deems this Ahmadinejad speech (linked above in AP coverage) a “slight” improvement from last year’s speech in which the Iranian leader called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” Today Ahmadinejad said: “Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation. The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.” Sounds actually worse to me, but you know Reuters – always looking for the bright side where reactionary tyrants are concerned.